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State College Named America's Best City for Singles

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If you're single and live in any city but State College, you're apparently doing it wrong.

According to a study done by, a residential real estate search engine, State College is the best city in America for singles.

The website used data from Dun and Bradstreet to rank cities based on a number of categories that are important for singles, creating a "singles index." In order to be eligible for consideration, cities needed a minimum population of 25, 000.

"Many of these cities are college towns, where the population is inherently younger and less likely to be previously married, " the website said.

The singles index compiled the following categories:

  • Percentage of people who've never been married.
  • Restaurants per 10, 000 people.
  • Movie theaters per 10, 000 people.
  • Bars per 10, 000 people.
  • Museums, zoos, and botantical gardens per 10, 000 people.
  • WalkIQ - which measures the walkability of an area.

The final rankings took the top city from each state, leaving State College atop a list of 50 total cities. The study showed that 81.3 percent of people have never been married in State College. There are 31.7 restaurants, 6.2 bars, 0.5 museums, and 0.2 movie theaters per 10, 000 people. State College was given an 87 out of 100 for its WalkIQ, noting the borough's extreme ease to navigate as a pedestrian.

Finishing with a singles index score of 88.7 out of 100, State College edged out Ithaca, N.Y. (#2, 88.1); East Lansing, Mich. (No. 3, 87.9); College Park, Md. (#4, 87.6); and New Brunswick, N.J. (#5, 86.9).

The Big Ten also did particularly well in the rankings. Penn State, Michigan State, Maryland, and Rutgers were all represented in the top five as you can see above.

The hometown of the Indiana Hoosiers - Bloomington - came in at #14, while the University of Minnesota was represented as Minneapolis placed at #26.

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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